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Wintermute , Urgel "Slim"
In 1939, 6 ft. 8 in. Urgel "Slim" Wintermute played a significant role in leading the University of Oregon to its first and only Mens NCAA Basketball Championship. The same year Wintermute was named first team All-Pacific Coast and All-American. After college he played professional basketbll for the Detroit Eagles of the National Basketball League. The National Basketball League operated from 1937 to 1949 and later became the Basketball Association of America which evolved to become the National Basketball Association in 1949. The National Basketball League was created by three corporations: General Electric, Firestone, and Goodyear. Later he was a player-coach for the Portland Indians of the Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League which played from 1946 to 1948. Wintermute was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, and the University of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.